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NBA Picks Northwest Division Five Part Questionnaire

 

As we continue with our NBA picks, it is time to head west and see what's cooking on the left shore.

1. Will the Jazz miss Carlos Boozer? No doubt. It's difficult not to lose the nearly 20 points and 11 rebounds that Boozer brought to the court every evening. Just how much Utah loses it'll depend on what they could get out of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap on a nightly basis.NBA 2K17 Locker Codes PS4 When he is healthy, Jefferson could be a creature on the floor and post similar numbers to Boozer. Millsap is an outstanding rebounder off the seat with just enough scoring to keep opposing defenses honest. Both will need to foster their match just a touch to keep the Jazz in the thick of things.

2.What would happen if Greg Oden played a complete season? That's what the Portland Trail Blazers are most interested in finding out. A healthy and productive Greg Oden frees up LaMarcus Aldridge to be more of a scorer and opens things up on the wing for Brandon Roy. In a division as tightly packed as this, Oden's existence could function as the difference between first and fourth.

3.What's David Kahn doing in Minnesota? When you figure it out, be sure to let us know. For a previous couple of years, the Timberwolves' GM is loading up on point guards. Then he trades for the troubled and normally disappointing Michael Beasley from Miami. All the while, the team seems to be wasting the talents of Kevin Love. Somewhere you must visualize Kurt Rambis is kicking himself for not waiting a few years for Phil Jackson to retire.

4. Will Carmelo Anthony still be a Nugget by the All-Star break? At the moment, all indications are pointing to no. It was widely reported that during the team's media day Anthony had not been contained in the promotional photographs and videos that the Nuggets will use during the season. Although a four-team deal that would have sent Melo to the New Jersey Nets fell through, you can expect that several more teams will make Denver an offer. With or without Anthony, the Nuggets will probably be a playoff team.

5. Is this the year Kevin Durant becomes a top-three NBA player? It's tough to envision Team USA winning the gold without the Durantula on the roll after he won a few matches nearly singlehandedly. Last season he won the first of what could be many scoring titles and had already become the undisputed leader of the league's most provocative youthful squad. With all the talk of LeBron taking over Kobe's throne, it could be Durant who ends up as the NBA's top dog.